Never Look Back

Lilliam Rivera

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous challenging emotional medium-paced

320 pages | first published 2020

Featuring contemporary Afro-Latinx characters, acclaimed author Lilliam Rivera blends a touch of magical realism into a timely story about cultural identity, overcoming trauma, and the power of first love.

Eury comes to the Bronx as a girl haunted. Haunted by losing everything in Hurricane Maria--and by an evil spirit, Ato. She fully expects the tragedy that befell her and her family in Puerto Rico to catch up with her in New York. Yet, for a time, she can almost set this fear aside, because there's this boy . . .

Pheus is a golden-voiced, bachata-singing charmer, ready to spend the summer on the beach with his friends, serenading his on-again, off-again flame. That changes when he meets Eury. All he wants is to put a smile on her face and fight off her demons. But some dangers are too powerful for even the strongest love, and as the world threatens to tear them apart, Eury and Pheus must fight for each other and their lives.

This Own Voices retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice is perfect for fans of Ibi Zoboi's Pride and Daniel José Older's Shadowshaper.

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Moods

emotional 85%
dark 64%
tense 64%
adventurous 42%
hopeful 35%
mysterious 35%
reflective 35%
inspiring 28%
sad 28%
challenging 14%
funny 7%
lighthearted 7%

Pace

medium 80%
fast 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Character: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 13%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 92% | No: 7%

Average rating

4.18